We had a most enjoyable meal at the Windmill Carvery last night (Saturday 30th November).
There were at least 2 big parties in the main room, and though we could have sat in there, we were offered the choice of a table nearer the bar....where there was also a lovely log fire. We chose the latter.
Staff were, as always, cheerful and friendly. We opted for the carvery and a pudding - we never bother with a starter here as we find 2 courses enough. I had beef and turkey, my partner had beef and pork. All the meat was very tender and tasty. There was a good selection of vegetables, and we particularly liked the leeks in cheese sauce. The chef who carves the meat for you was lovely, and if you ask for a little bit more meat, he will happily carve you some. He is not mean with his carving and you do get decent slices here, not like some carveries I have been to where they practically shave the meat off the joint so it is wafer thin.
Puddings were brought round on a trolley. I had a lovely berry and chocolate cheesecake, and my partner had a toffee cheesecake. Both were served with cream.
Despite the fact that there were big parties in, service was always efficient and we never felt that we were overlooked.
We have always enjoyed ourselves where we have visited the Windmill. The only complaint I would make is that, in common with many carveries, they have small plates. Now, I can understand this, because if you give some people a big plate, they will fill it to the brim, and you might have too much wastage. But for me, I find that when I get the meat and a Yorkshire pud on my plate, there is precious little space for the veg without piling it on top - and then there is no room to sort out what you are eating. So, some bigger plates, just so food can be spread out a bit more, would be welcome.
However, this is a minor niggle, and does not detract from our enjoyment. We have always found it to be a very pleasant place and we have not had a bad meal there. It is not "fine dining" but it is not pretending to be; we have found it to be tasty and reliable food in pleasant surroundings with nice staff. What's not to like about that?
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